The hottest, driest and lowest national park in California and Nevada recorded a preliminary high temperature of 54.4 C (130 F) on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The previous all-time record reported over 100 years ago was also recorded in Death Valley.
It will be just as hot Monday in Death Valley with a predicted high of 129 F, according to the NWS. The agency is warning people living in eastern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah to limit their time outdoors between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Nearly 60 million people in the United States, from Arizona to the Canada-U.S. Border, are subject to a heat advisory, watch or warning this week, the CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin. The heat is a result of the high pressure that has built up over much of the west coast.
The summer has been sweltering for much of the United States – last month was the hottest July on record for seven east coast states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Not to be outdone, Death Valley also reported a high of 128 F last month – its hottest temperature (until this month) since 2013, NOAA reported.